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Alice Arlen

  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Birthday: November 06
Date of passing: 
February 29, 2016

Obituary

Obituary: 

Alice Arlen was a screenwriter best known for her Oscar-nominated work on the screenplay for Mike Nichols' 1983 film Silkwood. Arlen co-wrote the film — which starred Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher — with Nora Ephron. Based on a true events, the movie told the story a plutonium processing plant worker who blew the whistle on the lack of the plant’s workplace safety. The film was nominated for four more Oscars, and won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for Cher.

Arlen also worked on the scripts for Alamo Bay; Cookie, with Peter Falk; Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water, with Sean Penn; and Then She Found Me, starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth and Bette Midler.

She also adapted a novel by Tony Hillerman for the 2004 television movie A Thief of Time. The Robert Redford and PBS production followed the story of two officers searching for a missing anthropologist accused of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Alice Arlen was a screenwriter best known for her Oscar-nominated work on the screenplay for Mike Nichols' 1983 film Silkwood. Arlen co-wrote the film — which starred Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher — with Nora Ephron. Based on a true events, the movie told the story a plutonium processing plant worker who blew the whistle on the lack of the plant’s workplace safety. The film was nominated for four more Oscars, and won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for Cher.

Arlen also worked on the scripts for Alamo Bay; Cookie, with Peter Falk; Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water, with Sean Penn; and Then She Found Me, starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth and Bette Midler.

She also adapted a novel by Tony Hillerman for the 2004 television movie A Thief of Time. The Robert Redford and PBS production followed the story of two officers searching for a missing anthropologist accused of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Additionally, Arlen served as an executive producer on Cookie, and as an associate producer on the film A Shock to the System, starring Michael Caine.

Arlen came from a journalism family; her grandfather, Joseph Medill Patterson, founded The New York Daily News; her great-aunt, Eleanor Medill Patterson, published The Washington Times-Herald; her aunt, Alicia Patterson, founded, published and edited Newsday; and she was married for a time to James Hoge, editor and former publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times.

Arlen died February 29, 2016, in New York City. She was 75.

 

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